Howes Percival’s Leicester office has rounded off a year-long series of celebrations, fundraising events and volunteering activities to mark its 20th year in the city by taking two local school groups for a day out at the National Space Centre.
The group consisted of Howes Percival staff and 57 children from two local schools; Ravenhurst and The Lancaster Academy. During the visit, the children explored a variety of hands-on activities, including a rocket-building workshop and a 360-degree planetarium show, where they were able to experience space whilst discovering what it is like to be an astronaut.
The year began with a special event at The Curve Theatre that saw 150 clients and friends coming together to celebrate the office’s anniversary.
Over the next twelve months Howes Percival staff have also taken part in a series of fundraising and volunteering events in support of three local charities: Alex’s Wish, Leicestershire Cares and Action Homeless.
Volunteering initiatives, in partnership with Leicestershire Cares, saw staff painting a local community centre, undertaking speaking engagements at schools, helping schoolchildren with their numeracy and literacy skills and assisting with mock interviews at schools to help students learn practical skills for life beyond education.
Fundraising activities included 12 brave members of staff taking part in the Skyline Zip Wire Challenge, which involved participants descending at speeds of up to 40mph along a 200m zip wire to raise money for Alex’s Wish, a local Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity. The charity also benefitted from money raised at the office’s popular Christmas quiz.
Christmas was also a time when staff donated much-needed supplies to Action Homeless.
Justine Flack, a Partner in the Family law team at Howes Percival said:
“The whole team at Howes Percival in Leicester has really rallied behind our 20th-anniversary fundraising and volunteering initiatives and we are pleased to have made such an impact.
Taking local schoolchildren to the National Space Centre was a real highlight and a fun way to end the celebrations. Our staff have been working closely with the children from Ravenhurst and The Lancaster Academy in various capacities and so it was great to be able to take them out for the day to such an iconic local institution.
Although the Space Centre trip marks the end of our 20th-anniversary initiative, we continue to support local causes and the fundraising is on-going. A team has taken on the challenge of the Leicester Half Marathon and plans are underway for our 2018 Christmas quiz which takes place in early December. Both events aim to raise money for the local branch of the Motor Neuron Disease Association which is our office charity of the year.”
Photo of Nicholas James, Commercial Property Partner, and the pupils of Ravenhurst and The Lancaster Academy.